I removed the Tartan 30's Atomic 4 gas engine. I have a 12V house battery bank and plan to have a completely separate 48V battery bank to power the E-Pod (using solar
panels/wind turbine/E-Pod regeneration for battery charging
.... possibly adding a water turbine).
I plan to use a "kicker" in combination with the E-Pod for entering/exiting marinas/anchorages and for emergency
maneuvering. I don't plan to do much "motor-sailing" per se.
Since I'm new to this forum, I hadn't searched any threads/posts prior to my initial post .... but now have located previous mention of the E-Pod (The Hurdle's focusing on sailing, boating, sailboat racing, diving and other family activities.
), a reading of which indicates that the E-Pod should suffice for my needs.
I could probably get by with just a kicker
motor (which I'd also use for my dinghy), but then I'd have to carry more fuel, etc. The E-Pod would add weight (especially the batteries), expense, and reduce my storage
space (which is already at a premium). But the added convenience and safety
afforded by the E-Pod keeps gnawing at me.
Either way, it's a compromise ..... so for the short-term I guess I'll see if the kicker
suffices, and if not, then add the E-Pod.